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Whitmer: Drinking water, roads will top legislative agenda

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov.-elect Gretchen Whitmer says her initial legislative priorities will include cleaning up drinking water and fixing the roads.

The Democrat spoke with reporters in Detroit on Wednesday after her victory over Republican Bill Schuette.

She says working on infrastructure “is at the top of the list.” She campaigned on a pledge to “fix the damn roads” and says too many Michigan communities are grappling with contamination from old chemicals — not to mention infrastructure issues exposed by Flint’s water crisis.

Whitmer, a former legislative leader, will be proposing her initiatives to a Republican-led Legislature. She says the Legislature is a co-equal branch of government and she will work very hard to build relationships with lawmakers and forge bipartisan deals.


Michigan turnout for midterm election is highest in 56 years

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Voter turnout for Michigan’s midterm election was the highest in 56 years.

More than 4 million people cast ballots, with 4 percent of precincts still untallied as of Wednesday morning, according to unofficial results. That is at least 52 percent of the voting-age population — the most since 1962.

The high turnout led to a strong night for Democrats, who were on track to win all three statewide offices for the first time in 32 years and flipped two Republican-held congressional seats.


Man sentenced to  17 years in prison for mother’s slaying

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A young mid-Michigan man who pleaded guilty but mentally ill to killing his mother while she slept has been sentenced to at least 17 years in prison.

The Lansing State Journal reports 20-year-old Andrew Willson was given his punishment Wednesday in Ingham County Circuit Court after entering the plea in October to charges including second-degree murder. In exchange for the plea, a first-degree murder charge was dropped.

Willson apologized, saying he misses his mother “so much.”

His mother, 51-year-old Lisa Willson, was found shot in the head at their home in Ingham County’s Wheatfield Township on Sept. 8, 2017. Willson’s attorney has said that at the time of the shooting Willson was in the midst of a major depressive episode and had been hearing voices ordering him to kill her.


Michigan Children Law Center Adoption Forum is Nov. 13

The Michigan Children Law Center is hosting an Adoption Forum at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, November 13. It will be held at Fellowship Chapel, 7707 W. Outer Drive in Detroit. Speakers include Judge David A. Perkins of the 36th District Court and Dr. Mayowa Lisa Reynolds, who is a minister.